A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
State of the Art in Information Security Policy Development (2020)

Paananen, H., Lapke, M., & Siponen, M. (2020). State of the Art in Information Security Policy Development. Computers and Security, 88, Article 101608. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cose.2019.101608

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All authors or editors: Paananen, Hanna; Lapke, Michael; Siponen, Mikko

Journal or series: Computers and Security

ISSN: 0167-4048

eISSN: 1872-6208

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 88

Article number: 101608

Publisher: Elsevier Advanced Technology

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cose.2019.101608

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65748


Despite the prevalence of research that exists under the label of “information security policies” (ISPs), there is no consensus on what an ISP means or how ISPs should be developed. This article reviews state-of-the-art ISP development by examining a diverse sample of literature on the subject. The definition and function of an ISP is studied first, revealing a rich tapestry of different notions behind the same term. When looking at the broad picture of the research on ISP development methods, we find different phases and levels of detail. Analyzing the different views on the content, context, and strategy alignment provides for further understanding on the complexity of the matter. As an outcome, we raise issues in ISP definitions and development methods that should be addressed in future research and practical applications. This review concludes that for state-of-the-art ISP development, the focus should shift more toward organization-specific information security needs, as the direction of the current research is still lacking contributions that would show how contextual factors could be successfully integrated into ISP development.

Keywords: data security; data security policy; development (active); concept analysis

Free keywords: information security policy; literature review; policy development; development method; concept definition

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Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 2

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